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Strange contrarieties : Pascal in England during the Age of Reason

Author: John C Barker
Publisher: Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 1975.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Each chapter heading bears a phrase from a contemporary author, held to incorporate the character of that section of the study under consideration. Chapter 1 carries the title given to early English translations of the Lettres provinciales; chapter 2 recalls the description of Pascall by Boyle and other English scientists; and chapter 3 draws from Kennett's preface to his version of the Pensees. The heading of  Read more...
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Named Person: Blaise Pascal; Blaise Pascal; Blaise Pascal; Blaise Pascal
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John C Barker
ISBN: 0773501886 9780773501881
OCLC Number: 2201842
Description: xiv, 336 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The mystery of Jesuitisme --
The ingenious Monsieur Pascal --
The greatest genius on the greatest subject --
Plac'd on this Isthmus --
What a hideous monster is fanaticism! --
The absolute need of continual light --
This strange combination --
Appendix: Pascal in America.
Responsibility: John Barker.

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Each chapter heading bears a phrase from a contemporary author, held to incorporate the character of that section of the study under consideration. Chapter 1 carries the title given to early English translations of the Lettres provinciales; chapter 2 recalls the description of Pascall by Boyle and other English scientists; and chapter 3 draws from Kennett's preface to his version of the Pensees. The heading of chapter 4 is from Pope's Essay on Man. The exclamation which introduces chapter 5 concludes an essay in the Gentleman's Magazine for 1789, probably by Boswell; the words for chapter 6 come from a pastoral letter of John Wesley; and chapter 7 represents the verdict of Coleridge. The title of the book itself is derived from the heading to the twenty-first chapter of Kennett's Pensees, which seems to have forecast the essence of the eighteenth-century's perplexity upon the issues raised by Pascal: 'The strange Contrarieties discoverable in Human Nature, with regard to Truth, and Happiness, and many other things.'

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